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Sebring says it has spent $70K on lead in water

Posted at 12:20 PM, Feb 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-21 12:22:00-05

A village official in northeastern Ohio says they've spent some $70,000 trying to combat lead-contaminated drinking water.

Sebring's village manager tells WFMJ-TV in Youngstown that most of the money has spent on engineering fees since the middle of January.

Plans are in place to begin treating the water to prevent leaching from old lead pipes.

Sebring has come under scrutiny since state environmental officials said the operator of the village water plant waited months to notify people about high levels of lead coming from their pipes.

Two EPA employees were fired and one demoted over how the situation was handled.

It says running the tap for a few minutes eliminates any detectable lead.